Player of the week is Lions scum-half Ross Cronje who was dynamic against the Waratahs in Johannesburg helping his side beat the visitors 55-36 in a high scoring match.

 

15

SP Marais

Stormers

Made 18 carries - only two players made more - gaining 112 metres and beating seven defenders. He also made six offloads, two more than any other player and crossed for a try against the Jaguares.

14

Waisake Naholo

Highlanders

Scored two tries and assisted another, gained 68 metres, made two clean breaks and beat two defenders from just seven carries.

13

Israel Folau

Waratahs

Crossed for a try and gained 76 metres from just nine carries, beating three defenders along the way.

12

Ngani Laumape

Hurricanes

As well as crossing for two tries, he gained the most metres of any player, thanks to five clean breaks and eight defenders beaten. He was also a threat after being tackled, making three successful offloads.

11

Julian Savea

Hurricanes

Scored a try and ssisted another, made five clean breaks and beat eight defenders from just 10 carries; in defence he didn't miss a tackle.

10

Lionel Cronje

Kings

The joint top point scorer in Rd 2, landing all seven of his kicks at goal. He also made more carries than any other half back (14), gaining 48 metres and beating two defenders in the process.

9

Ross Cronje

Lions

No half back beat more defenders (5) or made more clean breaks (4) than Cronje who gained 69 metres and crossed for a try. Defensively he maintained a 100% tackle success and managed to win a turnover for his side.

8

Warren Whiteley

Lions

Didn’t miss a tackle and won a turnover in defence while at the set piece he claimed eight lineouts for his side. Also chipped in with eight carries, three offloads and scored a try.

7

Ardie Savea

Hurricanes

Beat the most defenders of any forward (6) and made the joint most clean breaks of any player at the weekend (5), crossing for a try. In defence he didn’t miss a tackle.

6

Brad Shields

Hurricanes

Made the most offloads of any forward (4) and assisted a try, as well as making three clean breaks and beating two defenders. In defence he made 9/10 tackles.

5

Sam Carter

Brumbies

Made more tackles than any other player in Round 2 (22) and also won four lineouts and chipped in with six carries.

4

Pieter-Steph du Toit

Stormers

Stole three lineouts in Round 2, no other player managed more than one steal, and was the top second row for carries (13), metres (44) and defenders beaten (3).

3

Charlie Faumuina

Blues

Beat three defenders, the only prop to beat more than one despite coming on as a replacement at half time, made eight carries in total and crossed for a try too.

2

Josh Mann-Rea

Brumbies

Made the second most tackles and the most of any player to not miss a hit (21/21), found his man with 15/16 lineout throws and in attack made nine carries and crossed for a try.

1

Ox Nche

Cheetahs

Made the most joint most carries (8) and gained the most metres (31) of any prop, made all eight of his attempted tackles and won a turnover.

Opta Index: How does it work?

The Opta Index allows genuine opportunities to compare and contrast both player and team strengths and weaknesses across Super Rugby, providing real insights pre-game as follows: 

After every match Opta completes a video analysis of every touch of the ball. Each action in the match is awarded a points value depending on the relative importance of the action. So for example, a try scores more points than a tackle, but a player loses points for a missed tackle.

The points are then weighted against the score at the time when the action took place (higher points if the score is closer), the time in the match (higher points at the start of the match) and the position on the pitch where it took place (higher points for actions closer to the goal line).

The player is then given a score for the match by adding up all his actions while he was on the field. The total match score is then weighted to take account of the strength of the opposition so that performances across many matches can be judged fairly.